Cloudbreak Enhancement Project

    Pilbara, Australia

Project Summary

As part of the Cloudbreak Enhancement Project Team Joint Venture, AMEC was awarded an AUD 247 million engineering, procurement, and construction contract for FMG’s Cloudbreak ore-handling plant wet front-end project in Western Australia. The first phase examined a previous design, established feasibility, and recommended agreed-upon improvements. Phase two entailed delivery of the project within 19 months.

In Phase 1, Bentley solutions provided an integrated, intelligent environment for making decisions about optimization, constructability, maintainability, and operability within a three-month timeframe. In Phase 2, the goal was to minimize down-time while undertaking tie-ins to the existing process plant. This was achieved through transparent design, fine-tuned workflows, enforced standards and procedures, and Bentley software’s interoperability.

The team achieved greater transparency in the design development by publishing the latest model data nightly to the client and other team members. This resulted in an improved and more timely decision-making process. The benefit of the integrated intelligent 3D model and the ability to share intelligent content with the project team increased productivity and facilitated higher data quality. Reviewing the design in this way, particularly in Phase 1, resulted in a significant reduction in plant downtime through design optimization.

Rapid deployment of MicroStation, Structural Modeler (now AECOsim Building Designer), and Bentley PlantSpace enabled the multi-discipline project team to streamline workflows in an integrated, intelligent 3D modeling environment. Bentley Navigator was used to visualize design concepts, and model reviews minimized downtime for tie-ins to the existing plant. In all phases of the project lifecycle, the intelligent 3D models were used to engage and inform the design team, client, suppliers, and subcontractors.
  • Issuing structural steelwork models directly to shop detailers reduced steelwork drafting time by 31%.
  • Mid-project changes to the coding system for drawing numbers, tags, etc., were automated thanks to Bentley’s “single source of truth” paradigm, and adherence to project standards and procedures.
  • The ability to share intelligent content via an integrated 3D model increased productivity and improved data quality.
User Quote:
  • “We are very happy in the way that we worked together using the 3D workflow to deliver the project. We definitely minimized re-work on site, and were able to progress into the detailing far quicker than had we used the typical 2D workflow.”

    Paul Henderson Project Manager, Business Development Manager BIM Drafting Services Pty Ltd